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July 19, 2012

A look at Nerlens Noel's 2012-13 season

UK PLAYER PREVIEWS
For the next two weeks, we'll look ahead at the players on the 2012-13 Kentucky men's basketball team with a player preview and a podcast with staffers Brett Dawson, Steve Jones, T.J. Walker and Aaron Smith. You can subscribe to the Cats Illustrated Podcast on iTunes.
DateSchool
Mon, July 16Ryan Harrow
Tue, July 17Jon Hood
Wed, July 18Kyle Wiltjer
Thur, July 19Nerlens Noel
Fri, July 20Alex Poythress
Mon, July 23Archie Goodwin
Tue, July 24Willie Cauley-Stein
Wed, July 25Julius Mays
Thur, July 26UK bench
Fri, July 27 Preview overview
Nerlens Noel
C/6-10/200/Fr.
Tilton, N.H. (Tilton High School)

Preview Podcast:Publisher Brett Dawson, Recruiting Editor Steve Jones and Staff Writers T.J. Walker and Aaron Smith break down their expectations of Nerlens Noel.

Rewind: Noel reclassified to the Class of 2012 and committed to the Wildcats on national television. His shot-blocking prowess was a key part to his No. 2 national ranking by Rivals.com.

Fast Forward: First things first: Noel is still completing coursework to get eligible for next season. Assuming that happens in time, Noel is expected to mirror Anthony Davis' impact in many ways, with a still-developing offensive game and a game-changing defensive presence.

John Calipari says: "What I want him to be is a basketball player who blocks shots. That's what I want him to be. The difference between him and Anthony (is), Anthony grew up as a guard who ended up blocking shots. And then had no post game whatsoever. None. We had to help him. In the end, he had that jump-hook and the other stuff and he was killing you. This kid was always bigger. Nerlens was always bigger than everybody."





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